Press Conference by Press Secretary

April 1996

30 April

  1. Introduction to the Press Conference and announcements to the Press
    1. Japan's announcements relating to development in Africa at the General Assembly of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
    2. B. Position of the Government of Japan regarding situations in the Republic of Paraguay
  2. The Meeting between Minister for Foreign Affairs Yukihiko Ikeda and Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Javier SOLANA Madariaga
  3. Japan-Russian Federation relations
  4. Exchange of defense cooperation between Japan and the Russian Federation
  5. Feasibility of Japanese purchase of Russian arms
  6. Matters relating to Russian Federation military strength
  7. Matters relating to possible talks on the normalization of relations between Japan and North Korea
  8. Possible North Korean involvement in the Asian Development Bank
  9. Matters relating to Japan and the Union of Myanmar

26 April

  1. Announcements to the press
    1. Emergency aid from the Government of Japan to displaced persons of the Republic of Lebanon
    2. B. Golden Week travel itinerary of Minister for Foreign Affairs Yukihiko Ikeda
  2. Minister for Foreign Affairs Yukihiko Ikeda's upcoming meetings with Belgium leaders and the Director-General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
  3. The relations between the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China
  4. Reports of a possible visit to Japan by a representative of North Korea
  5. Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization (KEDO) membership issues
  6. Ministry of Foreign Affairs Golden Week press conference and background briefing schedule

23 April

  1. Contributions by the Asia Fund for Women to former Comfort Women
  2. Speculation regarding a visit to the Republic of Korea in May by Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto
  3. Discussions at the Moscow Nuclear Safety Summit relating to Korean Peninsula matters
  4. Discussions at the Moscow Nuclear Safety Summit relating to Russian troop levels in the Northern Territories
  5. Discussions at the Moscow Nuclear Safety Summit relating to Russian dumping of nuclear waste in the Sea of Japan
  6. Discussions at the Moscow Nuclear Safety Summit relating to security matters
  7. Possible discussion between the Foreign Ministers of Japan and the Russian Federation relating to the Japan-U.S. Joint Declaration on Security
  8. Japan-Russian Federation bilateral relations
  9. Constitutionality of the Japan-U.S. Joint Declaration on Security
  10. The realignment, relocation, and downsizing of U.S. bases in Japan
  11. The Moscow Nuclear Safety Summit and possible related summits in the future
  12. Status of contacts between Japan and North Korea on normalization of relations

19 April

  1. The statement delivered in Moscow by Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto on recent events in the Republic of Lebanon
  2. Confirmation on the location of Prime Minister Hashimoto's remarks in Moscow
  3. The proposed four-party conference on matters relating to the Korean Peninsula
  4. Further matters on the proposed four-way meeting
  5. The Japan-U.S. Joint Declaration

12 April

  1. Introduction to the press conference
  2. Japan-Republic of Korea relations and arrangements for the resumption of normalization talks with North Korea
  3. The policy of Japan on not exercising the right of collective self defense
  4. Matters concerning the 2+2 Meeting of the Japan-United States Security Consultative Committee
  5. Matters relating to preliminary contacts with North Korea

9 April

  1. Upcoming Second Donors' Conference on Bosnia and Herzegovina to be held in Brussels
  2. Alleged smuggling of chemical weapons material from Japan to North Korea
  3. Japanese policy on the resumption of normalization talks with North Korea
  4. Japanese policy on recent activity in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on the part of North Korea
  5. Japanese policy on dialog between the parties concerned with developments on the Korean Peninsula
  6. Matters relating to Japanese representation at the upcoming Second Donors' Conference on Bosnia and Herzegovina to be held in Brussels
  7. Current Japan-United States negotiations on an extension of the Acquisition and Cross- servicing Agreement (ACSA)
  8. Recent developments in Japan-United States bilateral relations on trade and economic matters
  9. Matters regarding Japanese aid to the Palestinians
  10. Matters relating to Palestinian autonomy and border restrictions maintained by the State of Israel
  11. Matters relating to normalization of relations between Japan and Bosnia and Herzegovina
  12. Matters relating to the Japan-United States Acquisition and Cross-servicing Agreement (ACSA)
  13. Japanese policy on conformance to United Nations resolutions by the Republic of Iraq
  14. Possibility of Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) attendance of inauguration ceremonies for newly-elected President Lee Teng-hui of Taiwan
  15. United Nations reform and Security Council membership revision

5 April

  1. Announcements by Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ken Shimanouchi
    1. Condolences by Japan on the passing of Secretary of Commerce Ronald Brown of the United States of America
    2. Topics discussed by Minister for Foreign Affairs Yukihiko Ikeda and United Nations Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali
  2. Matters of Japanese policy regarding contact with North Korea
  3. Statements by North Korea on the Armistice Agreement and the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)
  4. Matters involving Japanese national, Yoshimi Tanaka, being held in the Kingdom of Thailand on highjacking charges
  5. Counterfeit United States currency seized in Tokyo
  6. United Nations Secretariat bureaucracy reform
  7. Matter of accidental destruction of historic Japanese ruins
  8. Areas of probable discussion at the upcoming meeting in Tokyo of Prime Minister Hashimoto and President Clinton of the United States of America

2 April

  1. Announcements by the Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    1. The resignation of Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia of the People's Republic ofBangladesh, and the establishment of acaretaker cabinet there
    2. Meeting in Washington, D.C. of theFollow-up Working Group to the Summit of Peacemakers
    3. Background on the outcome of Japan-People's Republic of China ForeignMinisterial Meetings in Tokyo
  2. Matters regarding the agenda for the visit to Japan by President William Clinton of the United States of America
  3. Areas of possible Japan-United States discussion on trade and economic matters
  4. The status of Japan-United States trade and economic relations
  5. Areas of possible discussion during United Nations Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali's trip to Japan
  6. Matters related to the realignment,consolidation, and downsizing of UnitedStates military bases in Japan
  7. Matters relating to Host Nation Support for United States military bases in Japan
  8. Matters relating to the Japan-United States Security Alliance and the People's Republic of China

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